Different compost fertilizations on growth, yield and quality of organic melón in Venezuela

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Pérez-H, Elimar; Piña, Rubén; Rodríguez, Josefina and Ramírez-Guerrero, Hugo. 2005. Different compost fertilizations on growth, yield and quality of organic melón in Venezuela. In: researching sustainable systems. Proceedings of the first scientific conference of the international society of organic agriculture research (ISOFAR). Australia. Ulrich Köpke, urs niggli, Daniel Neuhoff, Peter Cornish, William Lockeretz, Helga Willer (editors). Australia. ISBN 3-906081-76-1. pp. 74-77. 

An experiment was set up at the agricultural community “Montana Verde” (9º 52’ N, 67º 9’ W) in Torres county of Lara State, Venezuela to study the effect of five organic fertilization plans on the growth and productivity of a melon crop (Cucumis melo L.) in an organic cultivation system. Treatments consisted of five fertilization plans (i) 10 Mg ha-1 goat manure compost (GMC), (ii) 25 Mg ha-1 cattle manure compost (CMC), (iii) 35 Mg ha-1 goat manure Vermicompost (GMV), (iv) 21 Mg ha-1 sugarcane filtercake compost (FCC) and (v) control without any fertilizer (Control). The growth and melon productivity was higher from plots managed under the fertilization plan using animal wastes (manure), mainly goat manure vermicomposted by the earthworm Eisenia foetida.